There have been a number of businesses broken in to in Launceston and surrounding areas recently.
Police are reminding business owners that this is a good time to review security, staff training and cash handling practices. Cash or ‘float’ should not be left on premises after hours.
Safes are adequate for the storing of cash during business hours but should not be used for long-term storage.
It is important for staff to learn to be observant and take note of suspicious activity around the business.
Criminals do their homework and visit their target to see the layout, so will often have been inside the premises or walked around the building in the preceding days.
Due to the public locations and absence of staff after dark, businesses can be a soft target for crime.
To help protect your business from crime, consider the following tips:
- Ensure adequate sensor lights and security alarms are operating correctly at entry and exit points.
- Good quality CCTV cameras should be appropriately positioned. Consult a security specialist.
- Consider using a security patrol company after hours, especially if your business has been previously targeted.
- Learn to recognise suspicious behaviour and call police.
- Train staff to record their observations and notify a supervisor.
- Ensure clear lines of sight around your business – keep trees and shrubs trimmed.
- Reduce cash held on the premises to a minimum.
- Don’t have valuable equipment readily on display in shop windows after hours.
- Minimise posters and window advertising to keep site lines clear.
- Call Community Policing Services on 6777 3998 for more information on businesses security.